In the two years from his first album under the moniker Youth Lagoon to his second, and all of the tweets in between, Trevor Powers has crafted a dark, quirky, thoughtful aesthetic. His debut album, The Year of Hibernation, was an experimental, Americana exploration of psychological dysphoria. For his second album, Wondrous Bughouse, Powers focused inwardly once again. The album drops March 5th, but is streaming on NPR’s first listen. NPR’s Robin Hilton writes of Wondrous Bughouse:
As with Youth Lagoon’s 2011 debut, The Year of Hibernation, the songs on Wondrous Bughouse are moody but not melancholy. Thematically, Powers finds himself in an existential spiral, as he asks grand questions about mortality, the spiritual world and his own mental state — which he describes as “hyperactive.” Weighty subjects ripe for pensive introspection, sure, but the music is uplifting, if a bit dysphoric, like an awkward hug for all that is light and beautiful.
Youth Lagoon will perform with Majical Cloudz at Union Transfer May 10th. Tickets and information for the all ages show are available here.